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The best places in Victoria to see autumn leaves

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As summer draws to a close and the temperature begins to drop, the desirability of the swimming holes and beaches you’ve spent the past three months enjoying is certain to dwindle somewhat. But there are still a few months before the winter cold has you housebound, so it’s time to make the most of the great outdoors. The golden hues of autumn foliage are enough to brighten any dreary day so we've rounded up the best spots to take in the colours of autumn. 

Gardens of Tieve Tara – Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon is famed for its vibrant autumn leaves and there is no better vantage point than Gardens of Tieve Tara. The grounds are lined with maples, pin oaks, aspens, liquid ambers, and more, each bringing forth a different shade. Serene lakes reflect the fiery trees which line their banks, making it a truly magical setting.

Find Gardens of Tieve Tara at 751 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon

 
 
 
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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens – Mount Dandenong

Punctuated by ornamental lakes, Japanese-style bridges and greenery, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are stunning year-round, but come Autumn the landscape is set alight with burning red and orange foliage. Most Australian trees are not deciduous, meaning autumn has no effect on them, though Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are sprinkled with an assortment of non-native species which erupt into a colourful canopy.

Find Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens at 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

 
 
 
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Fitzroy Gardens – East Melbourne

If you don’t want to stray too far from the city, Fitzroy Gardens is a great way to get your fix of deciduous trees. English elms, maidenhair trees and lindens each turn golden, carpeting the sparse inner-city park in rich yellow and orange leaves. Although it's situated within the inner city, Fitzroy Gardens are surprisingly serene and offer a great place to pull up a picnic rug or roam the grounds.

Find Fitzroy Gardens at Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens – Daylesford

Perched atop an extinct volcano, Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens offer panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. During autumn, Daylesford becomes a tapestry of golden foliage which only grows more beautiful the higher you climb. The Pioneers Lookout Tower offers uninterrupted views of the town whose colours burns bright in the afternoon sun.

Find Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens at Central Springs Road, Daylesford

Cloudehill Gardens – Dandenong Ranges

So much beauty sweeps through Cloudehill Gardens each autumn that Cloudehill Festival of Flowers exists to celebrate the influx of tawny hues. Weeping maples, salvias and beeches litter the ground with a spectrum of tones ranging from crimson to honey. Situated on a slope 580 metres above sea level, the well-manicured gardens are as if plucked from a fairy-tale.

Find Cloudehill Gardens at 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda

 
 
 
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Valley of Liquidambers – Heathcote

As their name suggests, liquidambers epitomise the beauty of Autumn in an ochre-tinged, towering package. While not great in size, Valley of Liquidambers is a visual feast of which you’ll never grow full. Take a picnic and nestle in among the trees or take a stroll along the leaf-litter. If you’re up for a challenge, take a walk to Viewing Rock Lookout and take in the town and its trees in all their resplendence.   

Find Valley of Liquidambers at Range Drive, Heathcote

Red Hill Estate – Mornington Peninsular

While you’re taking in scenic views, why not sip on a glass or two of award-winning wine? Red Hill Estate offers sprawling views of the surrounding Mornington Peninsular area extending to the nearby ocean. The vineyard explodes into colour come Autumn as the seemingly endless rows of vines develop a burnt-orange shade. There are a number of wineries in Mornington Peninsular, so why not go on a vineyard crawl under the guise of leaf-looking while you're in the area.

53 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South